School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: Nurses Won’t be Seen Until We are Heard.

I can’t get this scene out of my head. A room filled with nurses in the Oval Office, not social distancing, not wearing masks, most wearing scrubs, and bowing to a President who bullied them into submission when one dared to mention PPE.

COVID19 has highlighted how nursing leaders and organizations continue to remain silent on issues they deem political. This is our downfall, this our weakness, and it puts us squarely in the middle of a pandemic ravaging our workforce because leaders won’t challenge the highest levels of government.

Nurses who do speak out are punished, silenced, shamed into obscurity, lose their jobs, or get reassigned. Do we have a gap in nursing courage to speak truth to power, especially to an administration that is vindictive? We need to end our silence, even if it hurts.


5 thoughts on “The Relentless School Nurse: Nurses Won’t be Seen Until We are Heard.”

  1. I agree 100% Robin this visual speaks volumes. We NURSES have much work to do.

  2. I believe in speaking up and speaking out. I have never been fired for expressing my opinion and thoughts,but I have been talked about, maligned, and called a trouble maker, rebel rouser, and pain in the ass. I don’t care because I will always speak up for the ones who cannot speak for themselves. How can we rally the nurses? There are so many of us.
    We can have influence, but we must take it for ourselves.

    1. Thanks for you message Sharon! Would love to hear your thoughts about rallying nurses to speak out. I started this blog as one way to shine spotlights on issues.

  3. One thing nurses are silent on is that if they studied their nurse practice acts, they would see they have grounds to file complaints to the BON. The managers and administrators who have retaliated and denied proper PPE may have violated conditions of licensure. I have tried to put this remedy out there. Professional organizations will not comment. Media will not include it in their coverage. Hospitals know how to game OSHA and union grievances. A hearing to defend licensure before the BON? They don’t have it in their playbook. Can’t anybody out there think outside of the box? Don’t you want something in your toolbox for the second wave?

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